This exhibition presents four of the Sacramento region’s leading mid-career artists working in sculpture: Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert, and Dave Lane. What these artists share is an uncompromising embrace of the conceptual tradition, creating works that reveal a rough-hewn beauty; a use of modest, found, or industrial materials; and an authoritative referencing of art history and contemporary culture. Guest curated by Renny Pritikin, former director and curator of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis.
Image: Dave Lane, Bonfire Construction, 2013. Oakwilde Ranch, Valley Springs, CA. Courtesy of the artist.
This solo exhibition by photographer Linda Connor presents two seemingly divergent bodies of work. Dark Forces reveals Connor’s fascination with the time worn monasteries encountered in Tibet and Northern India. Presented as large-scale photographs, some printed on silk, the imagery reveals iconography of the enlightened and the terrifying, and spiritually charged deities that protect and guard the sacred spaces they occupy. The Olson House, made famous by the American painter Andrew Wyeth, is a portfolio of quiet and haunting images of interior spaces and landscapes devoid of human presence. Guest curated by Anne Veh. read more
Image: Linda Connor, Library of Prayer Books, Ladakh, India, 2007. Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist.
di Rosa’s biennial juried MFA exhibition features artists who recently completed their Master’s of Fine Art degrees at Bay Area art schools and colleges. Selected artists Llewelynn Fletcher, Chris Fraser, Jacqueline Gordon, Camilla Newhagen, Chelsea Pegram, and Angie Wilson explore sculpture with light, sound, textiles and other unusual materials. read more
Image: Angie Wilson, Remains, 2012. Used office work shirts, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Between 1955 and 1965, San Francisco’s upper Fillmore District was an important, locus of creative ferment and home to a remarkable and eclectic group of painters, poets, and musicians who changed the course of American art. The exhibition will feature work by Joan Brown, William H. Brown, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, and others, along with photographs, posters, and exhibition announcements documenting this extraordinary period in Bay Area art. read more
Image: Hayward King, Vicky, 1955. Oil on canvas, 16 x 24 in. Collection of Gary Spratt, courtesy of Calabi Gallery, Petaluma.
Curated by Anne Veh, Entering the Wild features the work of contemporary artists who share a reverence for the natural world. On view are sculptures and drawings by Jane Rosen, photographs by Lukas Felzmann and Richard Whittaker, photographic and video installations by Trish Carney, mixed media installations by Adriane Colburn, and editioned books by Charles Hobson with Barry Lopez. read more
Image: Lukas Felzman, Swarm, 2011.
Di Rosa’s New Work series offers the public an opportunity to encounter new and recent works by important Bay Area artists. As a painter, Hung Liu challenges the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs by subjecting them to a more reflective process of painting. Much of the meaning of her painting comes from the way the washes and drips dissolve the documentary images, suggesting the passage of memory into history, while working to uncover the cultural and personal narratives fixed–but often concealed–in the photographic instant. She has written: “I want to both preserve and destroy the image.” read more
Looking at You Looking at Me brings together an intriguing group of artworks from the di Rosa collection that provokes conversation about the ways we look at each other, the implications of being the subject of a gaze, and the role of art in this complex interplay. Featuring photography, video, sculpture, painting, and electronic constructions by Robert Arneson, Anthony Aziz, Leon Borensztein, Bruce Cannon, Carter, Van Deren Coke, Marque Cornblatt, Judy Dater, Viola Frey, Jack Fulton, Michael Garlington, George Herms, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Larry Jordan, leonardogillesfleur, Judy Malloy, Alan Rath, Rigo 23, and Michael Stevens. read more
Image: Jack Fulton, Out Front, 1968/2001. Digital prints from scanned 1968 images. Gift of Phyllis Wattis.
Zombie-Proof House is a meditation on anxiety and hope in a troubled time. This major group exhibition, organized by di Rosa curator Robert Wuilfe, explores recent history and potential futures as they relate to collapse, political upheaval and shared responsibility. Taking its tongue-in-cheek title from the recent predominance of zombies in language and pop culture, the exhibition approaches seemingly insurmountable issues with a sometimes darkly humorous sensibility. Artists include: Anthony Discenza, HalfLifers (Torsten Z. Burns and Anthony Discenza), Suzanne Husky, Inka Hoots (Joshua Short and Joel Dean Stockdill), Packard Jennings, Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao, Whitney Lynn, Julio Cesar Morales, Lucy Puls, and Carol Selter. read more
Reconstructed World focuses on the work of artists who draw viewers into complex narrative tableaux through recreating and restaging sites, objects, and stories. Rather than striving for perfect realism or objective documentation, these projects side-step traditional representation for a more uncanny and ultimately affective experience. The projects in the exhibition utilize a range of media that include animated video, assemblage, constructed photographs and installation to evoke realities beneath the perceived surface of the everyday. Artists in the exhibition include: Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet, Keith Cottingham, Kota Ezawa, Al Farrow, Samara Halperin, leonardogillesfleur, Liz Hickok, and Tracey Snelling. read more
Image: Kota Ezawa, Beatles Über California (still), 2010. Single-channel video with sound, 3:27 min. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, SF.
Enrique Chagoya: Surviving Paradise/Sobreviviendo el Paraíso featured new and significant recent work by the artist highlighting cross-border themes that he has explored throughout his artistic career: immigration, colonization, political struggle, economics and cultural imposition. Through masterful drawings, prints, books and editioned objects, Chagoya brings an analytical and often darkly humorous eye to bear on the world around us. read more
Image: Enrique Chagoya, Illegal Alien’s Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 2010. Llithograph, TP. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Paule Anglim.
Know the Rules–Then Break Them featured a selection of photographic works from the di Rosa collection, curated by Doreen Schmid. The works in this exhibition reflected how photography has evolved from traditional documentary device to embodying and shaping various postmodern movements. Artists included: Ruth Bernhard, Bruce Conner, Imogen Cunningham, Bill Dane, Judy Dater, Lynn Hershman, Paul Kos, Vilem Kriz, Noah Lang, Philip Makanna, Richard Misrach, Bruce Nauman, Jim Pomeroy, Meridel Rubenstein, Li Saiman, Carol Selter, Elizabeth Sunday, Larry Sultan, and Catherine Wagner. read more
Image: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction, 1990, gelatin silver print. Di Rosa collection.
Visitors got a sneak peek at works in the live and silent auctions, including renowned Bay Area artists such as: James Barsness, Chester Arnold, John Casey, Enrique Chagoya, Jason Jagel, Deborah Oropallo, Maria Porges, Rex Ray, Walter Robinson, Travis Somerville, Catherine Wagner, William Wiley and many more. Bidding began October 1 at the Preview Party and ended at the main event October 16th.
Image: Jason Jagel, My Fingers Weigh a Ton, 2009. Gouache and pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist.